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Once Upon a Time “Mother” Previews and Predictions

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Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×20

CAUTION: sneak peaks, spoilers, and speculation

“Mother”Emma returns to Storybrooke to reunite Lily with Maleficent while Regina and Robin struggle to cope with the implications of Zelena’s pregnancy. When Gold’s health takes a turn for the worse, Isaac looks to a new ally for help procuring the magic ink he needs to re-write history. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Cora returns from Wonderland to beg Regina’s forgiveness on the anniversary of Daniel’s murder. Cora vows to help her daughter find true love, but Regina remains suspicious of her mother’s intentions, written by Jane Espenson and directed by Ron Underwood.

Here’s the promo:

Lily gets a sample of Regina’s cutting wit in the first sneak peek:

In the second, the Evil Queen crashes a wedding:

Gold keeps seeming like he’s being wrong footed lately. His allies constantly wonder how each new wrinkle will wreck everything. And yet, our One in Dark has been the picture of cool. He’s one or two steps ahead of everyone else. The Rumple we love.

Regina told him straight to his face that she’d never let him turn Emma into a monster. But it’s difficult to imagine him wanting anything else. Regina’s desperate to get a happy ending that’s been doubly denied her and Emma’s faith in herself is renewed.

4x20 Isaac and Regina

It’s pretty clear from the clips we have that Regina’s Isaac’s new ally. She needs his help as much as he needs hers. And if all it takes to get his ink flowing is a little antisavior blood, she’s more than happy to oblige. Because Rumpelstiltskin made her a monster. Just as with the Dark Curse, he’s using her to do the dirty work.

4x20 Blood and Ink

He needs the Evil Queen and he needs the Savior, just as he always has. And he has both. Isaac will likely rewrite Regina’s story tonight and that will change everything, maybe even reversing the heroes and the villains. The finale will be the epic adventure to repair the damage.

Early in the season, Emma embraced her role with the assertion that her job was to get everyone their happy endings. So look for a timeless sacrifice that sets Regina to rights and rejuvenates the Dark One’s heart. trouble is that typically means tribulation for the sacrifice. The writers are usually true to their word. All that darkness has to go somewhere.

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